extract xml from the command line

I just discovered this morning this cool utility in my /bin directory : xmllint

You can use it to extract values from your xml files within your shell scripts

$ cat foo.xml
  <emp no="1">
  <emp no="2">
$ echo 'cat //emplist/emp[@no="1"]/ename/text()'|
  xmllint --shell foo.xml |
  sed -n 3p

I like this !

5 Replies to “extract xml from the command line”

  1. sed -n 3p
    did not work for me
    sed -n 2p
    did work!

    …or use sed to delete the lines with the “/ > ” prompt?

    sed ‘/^\/ >/ d’

  2. you use /@attr

    $ echo 'cat //emplist/emp[@no="1"]/@no'|
      xmllint --shell foo.xml |grep '"'|
        cut -d'"' -f2

    and to get the attribute name, use dir

    $ echo 'dir //emplist/emp[1]'|
      xmllint --shell foo.xml|
        awk '$1=="ATTRIBUTE"{print $2}'

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